Style really does sell. But if you fancy the idea of driving around in a suave, sophisticated coupé, it doesn't have to cost you the Earth. Buying used puts smart coupés within reach of all of us.
What's more, you don't have to sacrifice usability or fuel efficiency to enjoy driving around in something stylish. Some used coupés can be found with efficient petrol engines, some are diesels and some are even hybrids.
To prove it, here are 10 coupés of all sorts of shapes and sizes. Some place the emphasis firmly on fun; others are practical and cost-effective enough to use every day. But they all have two things in common: all of them look and feel great to drive, and all are available for less than £10,000.
Best used coupés for less than £10,000
10. Jaguar XK8
A cut-priced Aston DB7 was how the Jaguar XK8 was described when new and, with its flowing looks, it isn't hard to see why. Granted, the rear end is a little bulbous, but that was because Jaguar needed to make sure its customers' golf clubs would fit, so it does mean you get a huge boot. We won’t pretend that a Jaguar of this age will be cheap to run, but reliability was generally good thanks to Ford parenthood, and the XK8 has to potential to appreciate if you find a good one. Plus, you get a V8 soundtrack, which will make you feel great every time you drive it.
We found 2000 4.0, 53,000 miles, £6995
9. Honda CR-Z
If you're looking for something a little easier on the wallet, why not the Honda CR-Z? Not only is it very reasonably priced now, but it will also sip fuel very slowly and, fortunately, be very reliable too. But that’s not the end of the positives, because this Honda is also good fun to drive. Unlike most hybrids, this one has a manual transmission, with the electric motor assisting the little 1.5-litre petrol engine to give it a bit of extra power when needed. It isn’t the biggest or most practical coupé out there, but if it were bigger, it wouldn’t be quite as darty and nice to handle as it is. This quirky coupé is an interesting alternative that you don’t have to suffer to own.
8. Nissan 350Z
A bit of a brute: the Nissan 350Z has a thumping 3.5-litre V6 that sounds raw and bassy, a firm ride and huge reserves of grip thanks to those wide, low-profile tyres. Like the Honda, practicality is compromised slightly, although this time it is because the strut brace – it helps to prevent the suspension from moving out of geometry during hard cornering but eats into boot space. The 350Z is a fun car to drive, though, with well-weighted steering that provides plenty of feedback to the driver. And for a car with a big engine, rear-wheel drive and muscle-car looks, the 350Z is now something of a bargain.
We found 2008 3.5 V6 GT, 86,152 miles, £8032
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